Did the Civil Rights Movement die with Rosa Parks?

News & Politics

The Onion headline was a joke: "The Death of Rosa Parks: 'Now We Can Finally Put Civil Rights Behind Us.'" Perfectly straitfaced, the Onion reports:

It is often difficult for young people to understand the segregated United States of the mid-20th century, when black citizens often lived in poverty, had substandard housing, were given poor-quality public educations, and were disenfranchised as voters. With the passing of Parks and the fight for racial equality that she symbolized, such subjects are now relics of a bygone era.
The only problem is, for the Bush administration there's nothing ironic about that paragraph. The best evidence is the dozens of veteran lawyers, over 20 percent of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division staff, who have left in the last year. At the same time, the division has stopped energectically prosecuting the racial and gender discrimination crimes it usually handles. For example, the first case the division took up under the Voting Rights Act this year was a reverse-discrimination lawsuit, accusing a majority-black county in Mississippi of discriminating against white voters. You know how those black people have been getting rich off of whites in Mississippi.

In this context, Bush nominates to the Supreme Court a man who said he was "particularly proud" of his work to end racial and ethnic quotas, a man who has consistently denied the reality of racism and gender discrimination and shown no respect for the life-long work of Rosa Parks.

How soon before civil rights are only something you read about in history books, right next to the picture of Rosa Parks?

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.